UK New Film Releases Week 4: 23 January- 29 January 2009

  • British Feature Films (Fiction) Released in 2009 – 4 [13% of total film releases]
  • British Fictional Feature Films (Released in 2009) Watched in the Cinema  in 2009- 2
  • Total Film Releases in the UK in 2009 – 30
  • It has been quite a week. Watching two films in one day at the cinema is something I haven’t done on a regular basis since the 1980s. Going to the City Cinema in Leicester was like stepping back into the Eighties at that time when single screen cinemas prior to multiplexes were carved up into multiscreen boxes. Clubbed itself was set in the 80s and it looked technically retro too. But more of that later. This week’s new releases are:

    • Better Things (Duane Hopkins, 2007, UK) #3 British release 2009
    • Faintheart (Vito Rocco, 2008, UK) #4 British release 2009
    • Frost/Nixon (USA/UK/FR)
    • Milk (USA)
    • Rachel Getting Married (USA)
    • Underworld 3: Rise of the Lycans (USA)
    • Valkyrie (USA/GER)
    • Paris 36 (FR/GER/CZ) [Monday 26th January]

    [Source: Film Distributors’ Association, Variety, IMDB, BritFilms]

    After last week’s international releases, the latest films are more typically American. A number of heavyweight auteurs have new films – Ron Howard, Gus Van Sant, Jonathan Demme and Bryan Singer. Plenty of choice, then, for those wanting something substantial tonight in Leicester. In contrast, the directors of this week’s British films are just receiving their first feature film credits. Vito Rocco won a competition on MySpace to direct Faintheart, which was promoted as the ‘first user-generated feature film’ – so an opportunity to look at new forms of promotion and the placing of film within the social network user-audience. Duane Hopkins is a fine art graduate from the Cotswolds, the setting of his regional film Better Things, ‘a  restrained and beautifully articulated character study of the realities of life and love in rural England’ – do they mean my reality? I live in an East Leicestershire village next to a babbling brook and a sheep field.




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